City hosts Spring Fling sock hop at YMCA

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Spring has sprung in the Hill Country and the community will be able to celebrate it with a night full of fun and music while benefitting local organizations and the children of the area.

The City of Burnet is hosting a Spring Fling sock hop at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes on Saturday, May 5. All proceeds will go to the YMCA Strong Kids Program and the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center.

The YMCA Strong Kids is a campaign that raises funds and resources for YMCA programs which assist children and families in many areas of development.

“The Strong Kids Program subsidizes people who don't have the ability to pay for our programs and provides them with reduced rates,” said YMCA Operations Director Jennifer Kenson.

“There are endless stories of people that are impacted by the dollars raised in the community,” Kenson said. “And every dollar given here stays here.”

This is the first year the City of Burnet is hosting a community sockhop that doubles as a benefit, and the community and organizations are looking forward to it.

“It is all very exciting,” Kenson said.

The Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center is an organization dedicated to serving children who have become victims of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse and neglect. Serving six surrounding counties, the HCCAC is equipped with knowledgeable staff who work with Child Protective Services to care and provide support for the children and ensure investigations are done effectively.

“We are very gracious that our center is benefitting from the profits, which will go directly back into serving child abuse victims,” said HCCAC Executive Director Kelly Forister.

April was Child Abuse Awareness Month, so the HCCAC is anticipating the grande finale of a month in which they have dedicated their time to spreading awareness of the growing issue across the nation.

“It matters that the community and professionals know how to report child abuse and how to respond to it,” Forister said.

While their work is never done, these organizations will get a chance to enjoy themselves away from work, celebrating a community known for its teamwork and philanthropy.

“It is nice for us to enjoy third party fundraisers since most of the staff provide direct services working with kids,” Forister said. “It is good for the community to come together and support kids this way.”

Donations to the YMCA may be made from 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, through 10 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the facility, or over the phone at 512-756-6180. Donors may also contribute online at ymcacalgary.org/donate-ymca.

Donations to the HCCAC may be contributed by calling the center at 512-756-2607 or online at hccac.org/make-a-donation. Individuals may also mail donations to the center at 1001 N. Hill St., Burnet.

The Spring Fling is $10 per person and is a BYOB event. An evening of dancing to the musical talents of Big Anton and the Alley Cats will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The YMCA of the Highland Lakes is located at 1601 N. Water St., Burnet.

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